My first year at university has been far busier (and far more bizarre) than I ever expected. At the start of the academic year, if you had told me I would be part of a record label and appearing on the radio, I would have laughed you out the door… so naturally the last few months have been somewhat different.
Myself and around 70 other students have been working together since January to set up and establish the first student-run university record label in the country – New Street Records. We could not have done this without Laura and Anna, our fourth year directors, or a kick-start donation from the university itself. Now we have signed artists, created a compilation album and now we are even creating a buzz in the media – who needs a first?
Yesterday, I was interviewed for Capital and Heart FM. It is so weird to even write that sentence. We got to see the Capital, Heart and Smooth radio booths where they record breakfast and drive time shows and even met Rob and Katy who present the breakfast show here in Birmingham on Capital. I have dreamed of working in radio at some point in my life and so to be able to visit actual studios and be interviewed was a really surreal experience. I use that word a lot but it’s the only way I can really put it into words. University has created so many opportunities for me, way more than I could have possibly imagined, and it’s only my first of four years! Mental.
The most important thing I took from it was the reaction we had. Rob, Katy and their producer were lovely people and they were surprised at our efforts with the label. That reaction is never tiring; it just makes us even more proud of ourselves and to keep on going. I can’t wait to carry on and expand the label next year!
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Words by Kirstie Sutherland